Saturday, 19 September 2020

Summer is leaving Autumn is coming...

 

Catching this fellow at the weekend reminded me that the Trout season is nearly over .  Due to Covid  the Season has been the shortest one ever.   But what there has been has been of good quality .  My little North Yorkshire Streams have been in fine form for the majority of the season .  With a short period in August when the streams became very very low and the fishing dipped a little . But the quality of the fish has throughout been superb. 



This stream has produced some wonderful Brown trout . Pristine and wild they are a pleasure to briefly hold.  For the first time in many years I can say that the number of stocked fish I have caught has been less than the fingers on one hand. That alone has given me immense pleasure. I have over the years fished nearly all the Vale of York streams ,  It surely cannot be a coincidence that the un stocked ones have a greater fish population and also better average native  fish size .  





this is an example of what a proper wildie should look like and on a two or three weight rod they are great fun this was out of a stream that is only about 3 - 4 yards wide...


This was my best trout at the weekend . They are still rising freely .  They do not give themselves up though , they are very skittish and careful wading and casting are the key.  



So as we move towards the end of September its goodbye from the trout and hello to the Grayling.. 



Although not the biggest this sis the stamp of fish that I encounter all the time .. It is going to be a good winter 




7 comments:

Justin said...

Hi Andy, good to hear your observation matches mine - hopefully we'll see even less stocking in the decade to come. Enjoy the grayling.

The Two Terriers said...


Lovely fish all through and in particular the Grayling, what treat to see. Stay safe, John

Bureboyblog said...

Our lowland rivers here are looking quite sorry for themselves but it does seem that something is ok under the surface, loads of what people now call 'silvers' and perch especially. Lot's of hope for the future though access is getting more and more of a problem and then there is the explosion in swimming and kayaking spawned form lockdown and furlough.

Bill Trussell said...

Andy
Another gorgeous stream you were fishing; I don't have the luxury of fishing for wild trout here just the stock version. Can you tell a difference in the fight of the stock trout versus the wild one? Looking at that stream image I would assume no bank casting? Thanks for sharing

Becks and Brown Trout said...

Most of the rivers I fish locally are not really for bank fishing , it’s chest water fishing. As for the scrap that a stocked fish puts up , I reckon the wild fish fight harder pound for pound .

Andy

Baslowfisher said...

As 1 closes so another begins! Here too in Derbyshire the season has been so-so our main issue has been the lack of weed in the river as the floods in February ripped the heart out of the river. How did you streams fair?
Stay safe and looking forward to getting to grips with the Lady-of-the-stream!

Becks and Brown Trout said...


The streams around here have fished exceptionally well this year. Although the low flows in August didnt help...